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Thu
21
Nov

Only governments can solve the Canadian illicit pot crisis: Don Pittis

New rules effective Dec. 16 will come just in time so you can leave a cannabis-laced cookie or beverage out for Santa.

But if the struggling Canadian pot business is looking forward to Cannabis 2.0  — as the availability of vaping products and edibles has been dubbed — they will likely be disappointed if they expect it to be a Christmas present that will solve their financial problems.

The sector that was so recently a stock market darling and that attracted small-scale entrepreneurs like moths to candle flames has suddenly fallen on hard times as heavier cannabis users, who make up the bulk of sales, simply don't patronize the legal market.

Thu
21
Nov

Ontario to allow private sector to handle legal pot distribution

Ontario plans to allow the private sector to handle distributing cannabis from producers to retailers, a sign that the provincial government is beginning to reduce its legal pot exposure.

According to an email sent by an Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) executive to Canadian licensed producers late Tuesday that was obtained by BNN Bloomberg, the new measure to allow for a “third-party centralized distribution” system comes following feedback the government-run agency solicited last month after it engaged with the industry to determine whether it should get out of its wholesale cannabis business. It is unclear when the OCS plans to let a privately-run company handle product distribution.

Thu
21
Nov

Quebec raid of illegal cannabis sites ends with seized product, but no arrests

Quebec’s provincial police took part in a raid covering 15 locations in and around Montreal yesterday to investigate the sale of illicit cannabis online, but came up empty in terms of arrests.

The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) took to the Greater Montreal Area, with one search taking place off-island on the South Shore, as part of the investigation. Multiple kilograms of illicit cannabis, packaged for retail sale, were seized.

Thu
21
Nov

Sarnia, Ont. health officials worry cannabis edibles ‘adds a new dimension’ to impaired driving after spike in charges

Sarnia police say the small, southern Ontario city has reached a record high for impaired driving rates this year and are pointing to legalized cannabis and incoming edibles products as the problem.

Officers laid 41 impaired driving charges from January 2019 to August 2019 — a 41 percent increase from the same period last year, which saw 28 charges.

“I’m not sure what the cause of it is, but given the time of the rise, I can only assume the legalization of cannabis has something to do with it,” Cst. Shawn Urban told BlackburnNews.com.

“We’ve seen extremely high readings and vehicle accidents … with people impaired by drugs, we see people passed out behind the wheel. It’s very obvious to our officers that there are signs of impairment there,” he said.

Wed
20
Nov

Securities regulators toughen governance disclosures in cannabis industry

 

Securities regulators in several provinces published guidance this month pushing stronger governance-related disclosures on the cannabis industry.

The guidance — from regulators in Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia — is aimed at governance-related disclosures, particularly in the context of mergers, acquisitions and other significant corporate transactions.

Wed
20
Nov

Looking out for the little guy: B.C. tries to help small growers go legit

Cannabis growers in the B.C. are getting some help to transition out of the black market as part of a newly announced program that could see participants qualify for loans of up to $500,000.

B.C.’s Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction has set aside $675,000 to help an estimated 2,500 small growers join the legal cannabis industry. The money will be disbursed through the Community Futures Central Kootenay, a non-profit organization focused on economic development.

Wed
20
Nov

Council takes back authority to oppose/endorse cannabis stores

Responding to a flood of critical emails after administration opposed the proposed downtown location of Windor’s first cannabis store, councillors have voted to decide future applications themselves.

The vote was unanimous to reverse a Jan. 21 decision where council approved “opting in” to hosting retail cannabis stores but also delegating authority for city planner Thom Hunt to gather input from various departments and come up with a position on individual applications. That was done because there’s only a 15-day window for comments to be made to the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario on an application and it was feared council couldn’t render an opinion on time.

Tue
19
Nov

Note to Drake: Canada’s swag rules can be confusing

Christmas is coming, but don’t expect any flashy giveaways from your favourite cannabis brand. The laws behind promoting cannabis in Canada are far too Grinch-like for that.

“Much like alcohol, we don’t want to encourage people to buy the product. So, the advertising is supposed to be really neutral,” Daniel Walker, a lawyer with Bobila Walker Law, told The GrowthOp.

An update of the Cannabis Act in October added clarification to the rules around promotional items. But it still can be confusing.

Tue
19
Nov

Odours from beef, lavender farms fail to raise the same stink among neighbours as planned cannabis operation in Ridgeway, Ont.

A 30-acre lot in Ridgeway, Ont. is set to become a brand-new cannabis farm, but not if locals can help it.

The property was sold earlier this year for about $600,000 after a few months on the market, with the intention of turning it into a production and cultivation facility for Greenherb Farms.

But as the land is prepared for farming — tall fencing installed and trees and brush cleared — outraged neighbours have formed a group. The group is circulating a petition to prevent the farm from taking root, citing concerns about odour, environmental destruction, traffic and historical value.

Tue
19
Nov

Is a cannabis policy change in New Brunswick good news for tech innovators?

A little over a year ago Canada legalized cannabis nationwide. Canada became the first G-7 nation to legalize cannabis for adult-use.

Uruguay is the only country to have legalized cannabis for adult use prior to Canada doing so, however, Uruguay’s model differs from Canada’s model.

Each province in Canada adopted its own regulatory framework in some aspects, with some provinces allowing robust competition between cannabis companies.

New Brunswick took a different approach.

The Monopoly New Brunswick Model

For the past year, a Crown corporation has served as the sole legal cannabis industry entity in New Brunswick.

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